WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. ANDREW’S

Happy Mother’s Day!

       

This Sunday we welcome Father Ken Campbell, a native Cape Codder who has retired and returned after many years ‘over the bridge’ to live in Orleans.   Father Ken is very involved with social justice, ecumenical and interfaith groups on the Cape, and his wife, Ruth, is the director of “Food4Kids,” a summer food and book program for hungry children on the lower/outer Cape sponsored by The Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans.  Welcome, Father Ken!

 

SAVE THE DATE!  Our annual PARISH PICNIC will be held at the beautiful Sailing Camp in OB on NEXT SUNDAY, May 17, at 10:00 am.  We’ll have some awesome worship outdoors followed by grilled burgers and dogs, and all kinds of sweets and savory potluck offerings fit for a king!  ANYONE INTERESTED TO HELP PLAN OR ORGANIZE ACTIVITIES?  PLEASE SEE HEATHER ANNE OR BONNIE…and put the date on your calendars NOW!

 

PLEASE SUPPORT URGENT RELIEF EFFORTS IN NEPAL:  In addition to your prayers, please consider contributing to help in a tangible way.  Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the ecumenical ACT Alliance in Nepal and local partners in northern India and southwest China regarding urgent needs and assessment efforts following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck near Kathmandu on the morning of April 25.  PLEASE MAKE CHECKS OUT TO “EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT,” and include “Nepal” in the memo.  St Andrew’s Church will forward your donations to ER&D.  If you would like to give online, please go to the ER&D website at www.episcopalrelief.org.
 

PROOF OF A MIRACLE!  A Thousand Thanks to all who made our Benefit Dinner Concert on March 29 such an amazing success!  Although we could only sell about 30 tickets for the wonderful dinner, so many of you—both year-rounders and seasonal parishioners—contributed to the effort, WE WERE ABLE TO PAY OFF THE $2,061.00 balance on the new Mason and Hamlin piano in the church!  And not only that:  with one promised check outstanding, we’ll have over $300 to put toward our music budget!  Many thanks to all of you who contributed and bought tickets—and SPECIAL THANKS to Steve and Jessica Buckley, of Buckley’s Catering (and St Andrew’s Church), and our wardens, Christine White and Bonnie Deitz, for their cooking assistance—and, of course, our own Nancy Rogers and Joanne Cassidy for serenading us with delightful song!

 

 

OUR ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY is NEXT SATURDAY, May 16, beginning at 8:30 am.  We’ll be raking, cleaning out our kitchens, weeding, washing windows, spreading mulch, and taking care of business—with YOUR help!  Please consider coming for an hour or two—many hands make light work—and make sure to put your name on the list in Parish Hall, so we can make sure to have all the tools we need (on that count, if you have a metal rake, and some work gloves, please bring them!)

 

RECENT VESTRY ACTIONS: Our Vestry recently approved the following actions:

 

  • Concerning Island Homelessness:   Voted to continue a conversation with other Island faith communities to provide emergency housing, on church grounds, to the unhoused during evening hours during the 2015—2016 winter season.

  • Concerning Island Community Suppers: Voted to serve as a host site, one evening per week during the 2015—2016 winter season, as substitute for The United Methodist Church, which cannot use the Whaling Church site during that period due to renovations. It is understood the UMC will continue to organize, staff, and provide the meals for those evenings.

 

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       Church Office Hours:

  • Heather Anne Slayton, Tuesday—Friday, 9:00 am—3:00 pm.

  • Father Chip Seadale:  Monday 9—11 am and Wednesday 2—4 pm (and available by appointment). 

  • Please note that Heather Anne is not in the office Saturday through Monday, and Father Chip is not in the office Friday and Saturday. 

  • Father Chip can always be reached in emergencies on his cell at 774-563-9716.

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  “The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.” 

  

                  Our Vestry

 

Wardens:       Bonnie Deitz and Chris White

Treasurer:       Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk:   Sandra Mott

Members at Large:  

Claudia Metell, Pam Monterosso, Caroline Evans, Susan Weibel and Barbara Shriber